This is an overview of the Spring 2017 course offerings.
It will be adjusted on an ongoing basis, but do check the calendar for changes to dates and descriptions.
This is a course based on Sangye Khadro’s book, How to Meditate.
Feb. 9 Clarity of the Mind
Feb. 16 Continuity of the Mind
Feb. 23 Body of Light
March 2 Appreciating our Human Life
March 9 Impermanence
March 16 Awareness of Death
March 23 Karma
March 30 Purification of Karma
April 6 The Unsatisfactoriness of Life (Suffering)
April 27 Working with Anger
Discovering Buddhism is a program taught in many FPMT centres around the world. It was designed by senior western teachers in the FPMT as a program to give participants a good foundation in the teachings and practices of Mahayana Buddhism. It is made up of 13 modules, covering different topics, and takes about 2 years to complete.
Mind and Its Potential explores the nature of the mind, its importance in our experiences of happiness and suffering, and some methods one can use to experience more happiness and less suffering.
2. How to Meditate: 3 Tuesdays- 14, 21 & 28 February
In this course you will learn some of the basics of meditation: the purpose of meditation according to Buddhism, how to set up a meditation session, an introduction to the different types of meditations used in the Tibetan tradition, and how to deal with hindrances to meditation. There will be guided meditations sessions on several different meditation methods.
3. Presenting the Path: 7, 14, 21 & 28 March, and 4 & 11 April
This course begins with a brief story of the Buddha’s life, and goes through some of his most important teachings that he gave. The main focus of the course is an overview of the path to enlightenment as explained in Tibetan Buddhism.
4. Upcoming modules will be announced as information becomes available…
The Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim) is a step-by-step way to transform one’s unenlightened mind into an enlightened mind. The practices included in the Lam-rim also help us to deal with problems we encounter in life, to experience greater happiness and peace, to have better relationships with friends and family, and a more meaningful and satisfying life.